Father Of ‘American Taliban’ Discusses Case At USF

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A picture of ' American Taliban' John Walker Lindh from the record of Arabia Hassani Kalan Surani Bannu madrassa (religious school) in Pakistan's north western city of Bannu, 11 February 2002. (Tariq Mahmood/AFP/Getty Images)

A picture of ‘ American Taliban’ John Walker Lindh from the record of Arabia Hassani Kalan Surani Bannu madrassa (religious school) in Pakistan’s north western city of Bannu, 11 February 2002. (Tariq Mahmood/AFP/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN/AP) – The father of American-born Taliban soldier John Walker Lindh said Wednesday that his son is handling prison well nearly a decade after being captured on the battlefield in Afghanistan.

Frank Lindh, an attorney who has advocated for his son’s release, told students at the University of San Francisco School of Law on Wednesday that his son, now 30, spends his days studying ancient Islamic texts and is earning a liberal arts degree from the University of Indiana.

Walker Lindh is serving a 20-year sentence in a medium-security federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, for supplying his services to the Taliban and carrying a weapon while doing so. As a result of his actions, Walker Lindh is sometimes referred to as American Taliban.

Lindh’s father spoke as part of an ongoing campaign to clear his son’s name of what he calls government and media smears connecting the younger Lindh to terrorism.

Walker Lindh, who had converted to Islam, joined the Taliban in Afghanistan in the summer of 2001 and was captured late that year.

He pleaded guilty to two felony counts in federal court in Virginia in 2002. His expected release is in May 2013.

(© 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)


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